Remember Sayed Musa – the Afghan convert to Christianity threatened with execution last year? Here is the first sit-down interview with Sayed and it includes the details of his imprisonment and subsequent release:
Then from the bedroom emerges Musa himself, wearing a pressed shirt over creased khakis, looking thin but nothing like the man many of us came to know a year ago. Then Musa’s home was a prison in downtown Kabul. Our meeting marks the first time the Christian convert, 46, has met with a reporter to tell his story since gaining freedom and finding himself in a new, undisclosed location outside Afghanistan.
In this tongue-in-cheek article, David Brooks shows us what kinds of inequality are acceptable and unacceptable in America:
Foreign tourists are coming up to me on the streets and asking, “David, you have so many different kinds of inequality in your country. How can I tell which are socially acceptable and which are not?” This is an excellent question. I will provide you with a guide to the American inequality map to help you avoid embarrassment.
Tired of the constraints of the 40-hour workweek, my father, in 1972, quit his job in publishing. My parents were in their early 30s, and they had four children under 7. “But we still wanted to explore the world,” my father recalled recently. They bought six one-way tickets to Europe, leaving only a laughable $3,000 to subsist on. Young and idealistic, they thought they could easily educate us along the way. “Life itself would become a portable classroom.”
I am a firm believer in seminaries and rigorous academic training for pastors. However, the very real danger exists that seminary-trained pastors can so breathe academic air that we lose sight of the reason we attended seminary in the first place. We can come to the point where we can’t imagine any true Christian not being eminently interested in the composition of the Diatessaron or how intrusion ethics should inform our discussions of paedocommunion. If we’re not careful, before long our preaching can wind up sounding strangely similar to Charlie Brown’s school teacher.